TIES Annual Conference Report: People, Places and Passion for Sustainable Tourism Highlighted at the ESTC12

TIES Annual Conference Report: People, Places and Passion for Sustainable Tourism Highlighted at the ESTC12

ESTCESTC Experience: Sharing Ideas, Opportunities and Solutions

Everyone at the ESTC makes the point that they are from the "Best Place on Earth".


This is the kind of passion we have witnessed throughout the conference days, through the discussions during various sessions, and through the exchanges at networking events. With delegates from over 35 countries around the world, that's a lot of "best places on earth" - from the coastal marine sanctuaries of California to Maasai-owned community conservancies in Kenya; to the "Polar Bear Capital" that is Churchill, in Manitoba, Canada; remote and pristine rainforests of Guyana; breathtaking reefs and marinelife in Mozambique's Quirimbas National Park; and the community-driven birding hotspot and emerging ecotourism destination in the Philippines (just to name a few of the examples represented at this year's conference).


We also heard many delegates at the ESTC12 say they have the "Best Job on Earth", representing their destinations and businesses with pride, and committed to preserving what makes their communities unique.


As Dr. Kelly Bricker stated at the opening, "ESTC happens because of your passion." There was plenty of it to be found at the conference, and the ESTC experience has reinforced the view that we're in an industry driven by passion - passion for people and places, passion for achieving sustainability, and passion for protecting the world's amazing and diverse travel experiences for future generations.


This passion that we all share not only makes rubbing elbows with fellow delegates at the ESTC exciting, but it's also what makes the conversations, connections and exchanges during the conference so inspiring.


Scenes from the ESTC12 - September 17-19, 2012, Monterey, California, USA

Congressman Sam Farr

Congressman Sam Farr, U.S. Representative for California's 17th Congressional District - a leading advocate for California's agriculture and champion of the oceans.


Indigenous Tourism Session

Indigenous tourism session presenters: (from left) Cebens Munanz, Manager, Wuparo Conservancy, Namibia; Ben Sherman, President, Native Tourism Alliance; Judy Karwacki, Director, Small Planet Consulting; and Sydney Allicock, Executive Director, Surama Eco-Tourism, Guyana.


Student and Professional Networking Session

Student-Professional Networking Session: Learning from and networking industry leaders.


Paul Eshoo Wildlife Conservation Society

Paul Eshoo of Wildlife Conservation Society presenting on "a new model for linking ecotourism benefits with conservation of endangered species in protected areas in Laos"


Namibia Success Story 42%

Keith Sproule of WWF-Namibia shares Namibia's conservation story: 42% of the country is under protection, the success of which is due to the empowerment of local communities.


Sustainable Tourism and the MDGs Book Signing

Book signing by co-editors of TIES new publication, "Sustainable Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals"


Amy Carter-James

Keynote presentation by Amy Cater-James, co-founder, Guludo Beach Lodge and Nema Foundation in Mozambique


Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

TIES Lifetime Achievement Award presentation ceremony, with TIES chair Dr. Kelly Bricker, Judy Kepher-Gona (who accepted the award on behalf of the 2012 TIES Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Dr. David Western), and TIES founder Megan Epler Wood.




About TIES

As the world's oldest and largest international ecotourism association, TIES seeks to be the global source of knowledge and advocacy uniting communities, conservation, sustainable travel..




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The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference will highlight global challenges and local opportunities, supporting sustainable development of tourism and promoting solutions that balance conservation, communities and sustainable travel.

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